Wildfire burns down Killdeer defense, 72-37

Killdeer’s Kacen Gartner drives through the Mott-Regent defense Tuesday. The visiting Wildfire pulled away for a 72-37 victory in Killdeer. Herald photo / Brad Mosher

A close game broke open in the second quarter as Mott-Regent pulled away for a decisive 72-37 victory Tuesday in Killdeer.

By Brad Mosher

The Herald

The Wildfire win improved its record to 2-1 in Region 7 play and 4-4 overall.

For the winless Cowboys, it was loss number seven for the year and dropped them to 0-2 in regional play.

The two teams battled evenly in the first quarter.

Late in the first quarter, Killdeer was ahead of the Wildfire by a 12-10 margin.

Then one team caught fire.

Mott-Regent’s Asad Watson-Buffalo hit a three-pointer, giving the Wildfire a 13-12 lead with 2:29 left.

That would be the last time Killdeer would have a lead.

Over the next 10 minutes, the Wildfire went on a 15-5 run.

At halftime, the 30-18 advantage was just a sign of things to come for the Wildfire.

Mott-Regent held Killdeer scoreless for more than half the quarter as the visitors went on a 10-0 run.

Killdeer’s Daylon Danks broke the drought finally with a basket with 3:31 left in the quarter.

With a 40-20 lead, Isaac Frey started another scoring run.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the Wildfire had built a 57-22 lead after a 17-2 run in less than four minutes.

Both teams went to reserves for most of the fourth quarter, with both teams scoring 15 points.

Danks was the only Killdeer player in double figures with 13 points, 11 coming in the first half.

Kadin Nodland had nine, while Koster Benz-Weber finished with seven and Cayden Kling scored six. Kacen Gartner scored one point.

Cody Perkins led the Wildfire with 23 points in slightly more than three quarters on the court. Watson-Buffalo added 16 points, including two three-pointers. Jayden Hauck added eight, while Isaac Frey and Sam Heuther both finished with seven. Caleb Candrian scored six, followed by Logan Lutz with three and Ryan Doe with two points.

According to Killdeer coach Andy Murphy, the team played good defense in the first half.

“We just got a little fatigued and started standing around,” he said.

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